Take 2; 11:04 AM Far West; Just after 11AM Stand@Attention 2 minute siren for Israel Remembrance Day for IDF,Heroes & Terrorism Fallen;prior to Independence Day@Sunset.Free E off@12:45 PM till Wed. AM.

For here; Missed@closing last night for here;

 


 

8:42 PM@73 minutes before Computers Shut Off. 'Jour Gems' for Humanity.

Palestinian unity has cast Netanyahu adrift

Premier doesn't care whether the two sides of the Palestinian state manage to merge, nor does he care who will be their leader. As far as he is concerned, this is neither a Palestinian nor an Arab story - it's all about Israel or, more precisely, it's all against Israel.

By Zvi Bar'el
 

As though he were a bereaved father, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is making the rounds around the world trying to wrest condolences. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, he laments, is now lost to him. Actually, Bibi is not really emitting a feeling of mourning; instead, it's more like the anger of someone who has been betrayed by a partner he always claimed never to have, a cunning partner who had seemed weak and dependent, as though his life had been controlled by Netanyahu.

Abbas had always seemed submissive and weak-willed; his way of speaking was soft and hesitant, very unlike the articulate assertiveness of his Israeli non-partner partner. The prince and the pauper went out together, with their non-partner partnership nailed tightly between them. But the problem is that the nails rusted due to the protracted character of the dispute. The two maintained well-formulated, unproductive relations; their ineffectuality was orderly and evident, and this non-partnership was supposed to remain futile forever.

 

Netanyahu - Reuters - May 1, 2011

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks in Jerusalem on May 1, 2011.

Photo by: Reuters

 

 

And suddenly, in a satanic-like maneuver, Abbas cashed in his hand, severed the bond with Netanyahu and went off and forged an agreement with Hamas. So Bibi did what any jilted partner would do: He closed their joint bank account, blocked the flow of money, threatened to annex the Palestinians' land, and ran off to tell the world how ungrateful his non-partner partner had become. Never mind ingratitude: At stake here, Netanyahu insisted, is a genuine threat, since how else can we relate to those who break bread with the bin Ladens of Gaza?

Bibi doesn't care whether the two sides of the Palestinian state manage to unite and merge. Nor does he care who will serve as Palestinian prime minister, or whether the Palestinian people really want this Fatah-Hamas union. Slogans printed in blazing red, and bandied by Palestinian civilians in Ramallah and Gaza, declared that the Palestinian people is one; these slogans went in one of Netanyahu's ears and out the other.

As far as he is concerned, this is neither a Palestinian nor an Arab story - it's all about Israel or, more precisely, it's all against Israel. Nothing good can come out of this union, not for Israel. Unsurprisingly, the leader who claims not to oppose the rapprochement made haste to identify the issues that are liable to blow up and destroy the reconciliation. Such an explosion will allow him to take comfort in the fact that the whole thing was just a declaration and not a substantive development.

 

How infuriating. We've become so accustomed to this split in Palestinian political society that its existence became a cornerstone in Israeli policy toward the Palestinians. The rift guaranteed that, if Abbas chose to go to the U.N. and ask for recognition of a Palestinian state, Israel would have been able to play the Gaza card. It would say that Abbas does not represent all Palestinians in the territories, that he doesn't control Hamas, and that half of the Palestinian state is conducting a real war against Israel. Interestingly, these are precisely the claims leveled against Abbas by Hamas when he conducted fruitless negotiations with Israel.

The Palestinian rift, which Israel believed to be an eternal reality, allowed the Israelis to divide the map of the region neatly: On one side, Syria, Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah; on the other, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority. This was a good, usable map, and it played well in Washington and Europe. Only Turkey, and perhaps Norway, besmirched it, but that was not important.

Suddenly all of Israel's trump cards are lost. Egypt has left the scene, Syria is busy killing its citizens, Iran won't - Ehud Barak promises - hurl a nuclear bomb at us, and we haven't heard from Hezbollah for several weeks. All Israel has left is to grab Hamas as a symbol of an unchanging reality, except now Hamas has also refused to fall into line.

http://www.haaretz.com/print-e...yahu-adrift-1.360440 For documentation.

Then: Ending;

The fundamental error occurred when Israel decided that the Palestinian people will never unite, and the peace process is being undertaken not with regard to a people and leaders, but relates instead simply to territories. On the West Bank, the Israeli territories (the settlements ) conducted talks with the Palestinian territories. The Israeli government and the PA were merely representatives of these territories, and they conducted negotiations as though they were cartographers, not leaders of peoples. Gaza did not take part in the game; instead it continued to carry out battles of resistance as though the only goal was to block the territorial dialogue between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

 

Now Abbas and Hamas' Khaled Mashal have carried out their infuriating turnabout. They want to conduct talks about the Palestinian people's future in its country. They want U.N. recognition of their state; they no longer want talks conducted on the basis of organizations meeting with a state, and instead demand state-to-state talks. Bibi was unprepared for this. Yasser Arafat had a standard remark for the lack of comfort now being displayed by Netanyahu: Whoever doesn't like it, can go drink water from the Dead Sea.

 

Crazy Country

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Osama and Obama

 
 

 
I remember seeing a photo many years ago of a respectable and very wealthy Saudi family, the Bin Ladens. At the corner sits Osama, one of the younger brothers. At the time he had no beard, and wore jeans, a cowboy hat on his head. He looked a bit like an American, or rather like a young Arab who wants to look like an American.

 
Later came the years in which Osama bin Laden went to Afghanistan to fight against the Soviets, with aid and funding from the CIA. At that time the United States did not consider him a terrorist, President Ronald Reagan praised Bin Laden and his fellows as Freedom Fighters. And then came the big change, a desillusioned Bin Laden became a sworn enemy of the United States, full of hatred, and spent the rest of his life waging an uncompromising war on the Americans . Maybe not a coincidence that it was him who conceived the idea of setting hijacked jet planes to bring down New York's highest skyscrapers.

 
For ten years after 9/11, Osama bin Laden played cat and mouse with the Americans, migrating secretly from the Tora Bora caves to the well-equipped villa near the Pakistani Army's military academy. George W. Bush dreamed in vain of the moment when he would make to the press the dramatic announcement of Bin Laden's death. It fell to the lot of Barack Obama to make it, just in time for the launching of the campaign for the second presidential electoral campaign.

 
Did anyone seriously mean to catch Bin Laden alive and bring him to an American jail and the Trial of the Century in New York, complete with dramatic courtroom scenes and impassioned speeches from the dock and the international spotlights turned on him for the next five years, until the gallows and after? None of this will happen now, the US Navy Seals came back with a body riddled with bullets, which was taken to a hasty burial at sea, where his final resting place will never be known.

 
What will be the next step of the U.S. President now that he became the idol of the crowds celebrating the blood revenge in the streets of New York? Will he use it to get out of Afghanistan and end with a resounding Declaration of Victory a long and exhausting war which had not been exactly a success story?

 
And in our region? Extreme right Knesset Member Aryeh Eldad already warned his fellows not to rejoice too much at Osama bin Laden's fall, stating that "Obama is more dangerous". And in Yedioth Ahronoth Orly Azoulay wrote: "Obama would now apply his might in other arenas around the world. Now, when he will pressure Netanyahu to accept a Palestinian state in the 1967 borders, Israel's leaders will not be able to whisper to each other 'Obama is a weak leader'. The time is over for this kind of talk."

 
By September we will know more.
 

http://adam-keller2.blogspot.c...osama-and-obama.html For documentation.

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 Uri Avnery's Column 
 

 

Rejoice Not…”
 


“REJOICE NOT when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth, / Lest the Lord see [it], and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.”.
 

 

This is one of the most beautiful passages in the Bible (Proverbs 24:17-18), and indeed in the Hebrew language. It is beautiful in other languages , too, though no translation comes close to the beauty of the original.

Of course, it is natural to be glad when one’s enemy is defeated, and the thirst for revenge is a human trait. But gloating – schadenfreude - is something different altogether. An ugly thing.

Ancient Hebrew legend has it that God got very angry when the Children of Israel rejoiced as their Egyptian pursuers drowned in the Red Sea. “My creatures are drowning in the sea,” God admonished them, “And you are singing?”

These thoughts crossed my mind when I saw the TV shots of jubilant crowds of young Americans shouting and dancing in the street. Natural, but unseemly. The contorted faces and the aggressive body language were no different from those of crowds in Sudan or Somalia. The ugly sides of human nature seem to be the same everywhere.

THE REJOICING may be premature. Most probably, al-Qaeda did not die with Osama bin-Laden. The effect may be entirely different.          http://zope.gush-shalom.org/ho...ls/avnery/1304763741

Ending;

WHEN I saw his picture for the first time, I joked that he was not a real person, but an actor straight from Hollywood’s Central Casting. He looked too good to be true - exactly as he would appear in a Hollywood movie – a handsome man, with a long black beard, posing with a Kalashnikov. His appearances on TV were carefully staged.

Actually, he was a very incompetent terrorist, a real amateur. No genuine terrorist would have lived in a conspicuous villa, which stood out in the landscape like a sore thumb. Stern was hiding in a small roof apartment in a squalid quarter of Tel Aviv. Menachem Begin lived with his wife and son in a very modest ground floor apartment, playing the role of a reclusive rabbi.

Bin Laden’s villa was bound to attract the attention of neighbors and other people. They would have been curious about this mysterious stranger in their midst. Actually, he should have been discovered long ago. He was unarmed and did not put up a fight. The decision to kill him on the spot and dump his body in the sea was evidently taken long before.

So there is no grave, no holy tomb. But for millions of Muslims, and especially Arabs, he was and remains a source of pride, an Arab hero, the “lion of lions” as a preacher in Jerusalem called him. Almost no one dared to come out and say so openly, for fear of the Americans, but even those who thought his ideas impractical and his actions harmful respected him in their heart.

Does that mean that al-Qaeda has a future? I don’t think so. It belongs to the past – not because bin Laden has been killed, but because his central idea is obsolete.

The Arab Spring embodies a new set of ideals, a new enthusiasm, one that does not glorify and hanker after a distant past but looks boldly to the future. The young men and women of Tahrir Square, with their longing for freedom, have consigned bin Laden to history, months before his physical death. His philosophy has a future only if the Arab Awakening fails completely and leaves behind a profound sense of disappointment and despair.

In the Western world, few will mourn him, but God forbid that anyone should gloat.

9:06 PM Leding@Haaretz.com;

  • Published 19:59 08.05.11
  • Latest update 19:59 08.05.11

Peres at official Memorial Day service: Israel is as strong as ever

Speaking at the official Memorial Day ceremony at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, the president says that Israel hasn't had the possibility to lose 'even one war.'

By Haaretz Service
 

Speaking at a special Memorial Day ceremony at the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Sunday, President Shimon Peres lamented Israel's history of war, saying today "Israel is as strong as ever."

"We didn't seek war. It was imposed upon us. But when we were attacked, we didn't have the possibility to loose even one war. And when we won, we returned to seek peace," the president said.

 

Israel's Memorial Day began at 8 P.M. on Sunday with a minute-long siren where people stood in silence.

The number of fallen soldiers stands at 22,867 with 183 more since last Memorial Day. Also commemorated are 2,443 civilian victims of terror, to which 13 names were added over the past year.

Peres also warned those "looking for war" to "not make the same mistake again."

"Do not overlook our hidden abilities," Peres said.

 

Peres at Memorial Day ceremony - Emil Salman

President Shimon Peres at the official state Memorial Day ceremony at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

Photo by: Emil Salman

 

 

http://www.haaretz.com/news/di...ong-as-ever-1.360553

@2nd position now@Haaretz.com;

  • Published 15:09 08.05.11
  • Latest update 15:09 08.05.11

Report: Hamas agrees to new Egyptian draft for Shalit deal

Citing Palestinian sources, Al Jazeera reports that Egyptian authorities will present the draft to a new negotiator – presumably Israel's – set to visit Cairo in the coming days.

By Jack Khoury
 

The militant Palestinian group Hamas has agreed to a new draft agreement drawn up by Egypt for a prisoner swap with Israel that would see the release of an Israeli soldier held captive by the group for almost five years, Al Jazeera reported Sunday.

Following Hamas' recent reconciliation with rival Palestinian faction Fatah, Egypt has reportedly stepped up efforts to mediate the deal, which would secure the release of Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit in exchange for hundreds of Palestinian jailed in Israel.

A painting depicting Gilad Shait in Gaza

A Palestinian woman walks past a painting depicting abducted IDF solider, Gilad Shalit, in the Gaza Strip on March 29, 2010.

Photo by: AP

http://www.haaretz.com/news/di...shalit-deal-1.360519

HAARETZ English Edition of Sunday May 8, 2011  l   Iyyar 4, 5771 Page 1 75% Semi-Banner Head,to left;

Ex-Mossad chief Dagan: Military strike against Iran would be 'stupid'

Meir Dagan adds that there is no risk of the Muslim Brotherhood taking over Egypt and that it would be better for Israel if Bashar Assad was removed from power, for it would stem support for Hezbollah and undermine Iran's involvement in the area.

By Yossi Melman
 
 

Former Mossad head Meir Dagan believes that an air force strike against Iran's nuclear installations would be "a stupid thing." His statement is an unprecedented challenge to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who is trying to give the impression that he believes the air force should attack Iran.

In the past Dagan had expressed his opposition to an Israeli military strike against Iran but his statements were not as blatant and were voiced in closed sessions, quoted in the media as originating from "a senior security source."

Mossad, Meir Dagan

Former head of Mossad Meir Dagan.

Photo by: Ofer Vaknin

http://www.haaretz.com/print-e...d-be-stupid-1.360412

9:20  PM E-Check; Saturday 6PM IBA English TV News still E-playing.

Haaretz.com version of today's Haaretz Page 1 Top right@2 columns width;

Source: Hamas raised price for Shalit due to Barak's irresponsible behavior

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Ehud Barak blame each other for failing to manage the contacts with Hamas over the release of captured soldier Gilad Shalit.

By Jack Khoury and Barak Ravid
 

The open hostility between former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Ehud Barak erupted once more over the weekend in the wake of an interview Barak gave Haaretz Magazine in which he blames Olmert for failure in managing the contacts with Hamas over the release of captured soldier Gilad Shalit. The accusations infuriated the former prime minister and his circle, who claim that it is Barak who caused the failure of the talks when he visited the protest tent of the Shalit family while negotiations for a deal were underway in Cairo in March 2009.

"It was possible to bring back" Gilad Shalit three years ago, toward the end of Olmert's tenure in office, Barak told Haaretz. He blamed Olmert for making the mistake of letting Hamas dictate the number and names of prisoners that would be released.

 

Ehud Barak

Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

Photo by: Moti Milrod

 

 

http://www.haaretz.com/print-e...le-behavior-1.360413

Today's Haaretz@Page 2 Top left@3 colums width;

EU to give PA millions of euros withheld by Israel

The European Union agrees to provide extra money to cover the salaries of essential workers and support families in need; move comes after Israel blocked transfer of 300 million dollars in tax funds to PA due to Hamas-Fatah reconciliation.

By Danna Harman
 
 

PARIS - The European Union on Friday announced that it would give the Palestinian Authority 85 million euros to cover the salaries of essential workers and support families in need - after Israel last week blocked the transfer of NIS 300 million in Palestinian tax revenues to the PA in the wake of the Fatah-Hamas reconciliation agreement.

The European transfer of money, which has been criticized by Israel, comes in addition to 100 million euros already approved for 2011.

Netanyahu, London - AP - 8.5.11

Netanyahu at 10 Downing Street in London.

Photo by: AP

http://www.haaretz.com/print-e...d-by-israel-1.360416

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Has Ahmadinejad taken on more than he can handle with Khamenei?

Iran's Supreme Leader reportedly gives the president an ultimatum: Bring back the intelligence minister you fired against my will or resign.

By Zvi Bar'el
 

How far will Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad take things with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei? Is he misreading the Iranian political map, or does he really believe that some miracle or magic trick will shift the balance in his favor in this unprecedented clash?

On Saturday, Iranian websites reported that Khamenei gave the president an ultimatum: Bring back the intelligence minister you fired against my will or resign. Ahmadinejad, meanwhile, insists that appointing and dismissing ministers is his prerogative as head of the government.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - Reuters - 8.5.11

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, seen here in 2009.

Photo by: Reuters

http://www.haaretz.com/print-e...th-khamenei-1.360422

Nuclear whistleblower asks to renounce citizenship




Mordechai Vanunu tells 'Post' no country has offered him asylum but that if he is allowed to leave "I will get on first flight anywhere out of here."

 

Speaking to the Jerusalem Post Saturday, Vanunu said "If they allow me to be released, I will go to the Tel Aviv airport and get on the first flight anywhere out of here. I will go wherever it will take me."

http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy...ticle.aspx?id=219636

Out There: Busing it




Character can be discovered – and built – while riding the buses in this country

 
 
 
 
 
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